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Matt Monro was born Terry Parsons in north London in 1930, to Alice and Frederick. He had three brothers, Arthur, Reg and Harry and a sister, Alice. It was a tough childhood, his father died when he was three and after his mother became ill, he was fostered out for two years. Leaving school at 14, he tried a succession of jobs without sticking at any of them ... Read more in Amazon's Matt Monro Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000006X52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Born Free 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Softly As I Leave You (Mono) [Single Version] 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. From Russia With Love (Mono;Single Version) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. On Days Like These 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Walk Away 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Around The World 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. My Love And Devotion 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Michelle 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Somewhere 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Impossible Dream 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Gonna Build A Mountain 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Who Can I Turn To 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Portrait of My Love 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Speak Softly Love 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. My Kind Of Girl 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. For Mama 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Yesterday 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. This Time 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. We're Gonna Change The World 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

MATT MONRO The Very Best Of (1996 UK 20-track compilation CD album including Softly As I Leave You Born Free From Russia With Love Yesterday Speak Softly Love On Days Like These and Somewhere picture sleeve CDMFP5568)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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149 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Considering that Matt is largely forgotten these days, and is not around to remind people of his brilliance, quite a lot of his music is available on CD (at least in the UK) including a bewildering array of compilations. This one contains all the essentials.
Matt was Britain's best balladeer of the sixties. He had five UK top ten hits, these being Portrait of my love, My kind of girl, Softly as I leave you, Walk away and Yesterday. The Beatles' own version of Yesterday was not released as a UK single at the time although it was released in the USA (where it topped the charts) and eventually got a UK release in the mid-seventies. So Matt's version competed with several others but the only other one to chart was by Marianne Faithfull. Matt recorded several other Beatles songs, of which Michelle is included in this set.
Although it was only a comparatively modest hit (just making the UK top twenty), Matt's most famous recording is probably From Russia with love, a James Bond theme song. He recorded plenty of stage and screen songs during his career and on this collection you will find Matt's versions of Born free (from Born free), On days like these (from The Italian job), Speak softly love (from The Godfather), Somewhere (from West side story) and Gonna build a mountain (from Stop the world and let me off), the last-named providing another minor UK hit for Matt.
Several minor hits are missing although two others are included, these being For Mama and My love and devotion. So this is not a definitive collection but it contains all his big hits and everything else that casual buyers need.
If you enjoy the music of Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, it is likely that you will also enjoy listening to Matt Monro. This CD provides a good sampling of his music. Do not be surprised if, once you've played it a few times, you end up buying more of his music.
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2000
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Matt Monro is probably the only British artist to have captured the true vocal essence of America's 'Rat Pack'. Most famous for his themes to 'From Russia with Love'and the Oscar winning John Barry/Don Black song 'Born Free', it is with the Quincy Jones/Don Black theme to 'The Italian Job', the quite immaculate 'On Days Like These', that Monro lures a new audience of Lounge oriented romantics. Some syruppy covers along the way are forgiven from this awesome voice with a range that, according to the previously mentioned Black, must surely have been powered by three lungs!
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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
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Firstly, my musical preferences are very wide ranging. I love everything from the gritty blues of Robert Johnson, to Buddy Holly, to Led Zepellin, to the anarchic sounds of the Sex Pistols. I first learned of Matt when I was probably 12 or 13, when my mother used to wander around the house singing along to `My love and Devotion`, and `Walk away`. Even then, I was immediately taken in by Matts incredibly rich and toneful voice. Now, nearly twenty years later, I rate Matt as probably the best male vocalist of all time, certainly (in my opinion), up there with Sinatra, Cole and all the other great `crooners` from across the pond. His totally effortless style, impeccable pitch and incredibly smooth vibrato that has to be heard to be believed, make any Monro CD an absolute must for any music enthusiast. Most people will be aware of `From Russia with love`, from the film of the same name, and songs such as `Softly as I leave you`, `My kind of girl`, and the stirring `The impossible dream`, all showcase Matts talents to the full. For anybody who enjoys this kind of music, and who doesn`t actually own any of Matts material, I urge you to get yourself a copy of `The very best of Matt Monroe`. You won`t be disappointed.....
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ---------------- on 29 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
WHAT CAN ANY ONE REALLY SAY ABOUT MAT MONRO,THAT HAS`NT BEEN SAID.HIS VOICE, HIS MUSICAL PHRASING, THE SMART WAY HE LOOKED.AN ALL ROUND MASTER. THATS WHY `SINATRA` WAS A FAN OF MAT MONRO.STARTING FROM VERY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS,DRIVING A LONDON BUS AND SINGING AT WORK SOCIAL EVENTS. TO MAKING IT BIG IN THE USA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD.SINGING TO SELLOUT CONCERTS AND T.V SHOWS,BUT NEVER ONCE FORGETTING HIS ROOTS.ALLWAYS A SIMPLE MAN WHO LOVED HIS FAMILY,HIS HOME AND HIS MUSIC,AND THAT SHOWS ON THIS C.D.EACH AND EVERY TRACK ON THIS ALBUM IS MONUMENTAL.HE HAND PICKED THE SONGS HE SUNG.A PERFECTIONIST IN EVERY WAY.ALL HIS HITS ARE HERE.SIT BACK AND GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT.AND LISTEN TO A MASTER AT WORK.( A Five Star Rating is Not Enough For This Album )
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "fusea" on 2 Mar. 2006
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I RATE THIS AS ONE OF THE BEST OF MY MANY MATT MONRO CDS,ITS A GREAT RANGE OF HIS POPULAR HITS,HIS PERFORMANCES OF ""ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER" AND "WE'RE GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD"ARE FIRST CLASS, NOT FORGETTING ON "DAYS LIKE THESE" AND"WHO CAN I TURN" IALSO HAVE ON DAYS LIKE THESE SUNG IN SPANISH ON ANOTHER CD HIS DICTION ON THAT PARTICULAR TRACK IS INCREDIBLE I MAKE THIS A MUST FOR MATTS ARMY OF FANS AND RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY I THANK AMAZON FOR SHIPPING THIS TO ME IN AUSTRALIA.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Gleadhill VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Matt Monro has a truly unique voice - trained, cultured, and above all, sublime. My favourite track has to be On Days Like These - I can quite happily just put that track on Repeat, and drift off to sleep. Brilliant.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Monarch500 on 11 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can't review this particular disc as I don't have it, but it has all his best tracks. Anyone who doubts Matt's ability should listen to the way he can hold a perfect note - sometimes, at the end of a song, for up to 10 seconds. If this doesn't sound like much, try it yourself! Apparently, when he was in the forces, Matt used to enter talent contests, and was eventually told to stop entering because he kept winning! Scandalously, his title song to 'From Russia with Love' was removed from later issues of that film. Why??
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